|Expressing Your Feelings|
effects of writing about feelings:
Writing about your feelings supports good health. In studies with healthy people, psychologist James Pennebaker demonstrated that when people write about past traumas their body's immune function is stimulated.
Writing about feelings helps people with Rheumatoid Arthritis
The Journal of the American Medical Association (14 April 1999) reported a study of 107 people with either asthma or rheumatoid arthritis. For 3 consecutive days every participant in the experimental group spent 20 minutes alone writing about a traumatic event in their past.
Health was evaluated before the experiment, 2 weeks later, 4 weeks later and 4 months later. A statistically significant portion of the patients with rheumatoid arthritis who wrote about their traumas had significant reduction in disease activity even 4 months after spending 3 days writing about upsetting experiences. The control group did not show this level of improvement. Asthma patients continued to show improvement in lung function 4 months after the writing experiment.
Writing About Feelings. How-to suggestions:
Write about being stuck. How does it feel to be stuck? What do you want to happen next? I might write something like this:
"I am stuck. This is a stupid exercise. I feel stupid. I have nothing to say. I have nothing to say. I have nothing to say. Why am I doing this?", etc...
Eventually, if I stay with the exercise, I always have something significant to say.Maybe you need to get physical:
If you think you might be angry, try hitting a pillow or throwing a ball against a wall, or kicking something. If you have health problems involving hands or feet, make sure you are hitting or kicking something soft like pillows or a child's punching bag. Use your voice. If you are worried about neighbors hearing you, scream into a pillow.
End sessions where you release a lot of negativity with something positive.
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